We hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the spring months. Summer will be here before we know it!

As we enter May, the real estate market continues to experience a dynamic shift. This month promises to be an interesting time for both buyers and sellers.

In this month's newsletter, we strive to continue providing you with actionable information that you can use in your daily life: how to choose the right Internet provider and what flowers are best this season.

Is there a topic you would like to know more about? We’d love to hear more about what interests you. 

As always, please feel free to reach out. We are here and look forward to helping you achieve your real estate goals this season.


Steve Williamson, Associate                   
Ph: (403) 397-7757
Email: swilliamson@cirrealty.ca

Web: www.NextBigMoveCalgary.com

"Just because you talk to a REALTOR® doesn't mean you have to move"

Prices reach new record high

Persistent sellers’ market conditions placed further upward pressure on home prices in April. After four months of persistent gains, the total unadjusted benchmark price reached $550,800, nearly two per cent higher than last month and a new monthly record high for the city. “While sales activity is performing as expected, the steeper pullback in new listings has ensured that supply levels remain low,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie...READ MORE

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Mother’s Day Tea-tray Styling Workshop (May 11)
Create a beautiful moment for Mom with this one-of-a-kind design workshop that’s just in time for Mother’s Day!
Bearspaw Mother’s Day Market (May 13)
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the pop-up market featuring over 75 unique, eccentric, and amazing vendors. Some will offer $5 items for kiddos to purchase as gifts for Mom, registration for Mother's Day tea will be available at the door.
Honouring our Matriarch Mother’s Day Market (May 13 – 14)
Visit this unique and memorable craft marketplace featuring Indigenous Artists, Creators & Makers from the Calgary and Treaty areas 7, 6 & 8, and beyond!
Mother’s Day Brunch (May 13 – 14)
Enjoy a special Mother's Day themed brunch including special décor, a specialty menu and desserts, a fresh flower for mom and fun crafts for the kids to make mom something special!
Found Spring Market: Snack Time (May 14)
Treat yourself and your mom for a veritable feast of locally-made snacks and snack-themed items in the beautiful Hemingway Room at the Commons.
Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Grey Eagle (May 14)
Celebrate Mother's Day with an incredible brunch buffet at the Grey Eagle Hotel Ballroom. Reservations are required.
Locked Zoo: Secret Safari (May 27)
Embark on an epic adventure at Calgary Zoo with an exhilarating two-hour escape game. Explore the zoo after hours, solve puzzles, see animals without crowds, and enjoy beverages and dinner boxes for purchase. The challenge is not timed, so take your time and enjoy the experience.
Zoo Brew (Jun 3)
Enjoy an adult-only evening of great beer, food and entertainment at the Calgary Zoo

The internet is often one of the first items on people's moving checklists. In many cases, it combines entertainment, home phone, home security, and fulfils remote work functions.

We have summarized the main points to consider when selecting your internet service provider (ISP).

SPEED: Your location will determine your options. Fiber-optic internet is currently the fastest internet infrastructure available, with download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). However, this option may not be available to you if the infrastructure has not yet been built in your community or condominium building. Other options include cable with speeds ranging from 10-500 Mbps and DSL, which uses telephone lines to transmit data at speeds ranging from 1-100 Mbps.

PRICE: When shopping for the best deal, consider several factors to determine the best option for you. These include the type of connection, download and upload speeds, data caps or usage limits, installation fees, equipment fees, and cancellation fees, especially for term contracts.

OFFERS & SERVICE: ISPs often reward new customers over loyal long-term clients, and some promotions may only be available to new clients. When moving, switching providers may offer great savings or provide more value at the same cost.

It's important to check reviews and talk to your neighbours to gauge the real experience that other consumers have had.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) offers a great resource to help you with your research. You can visit their website at crtc.gc.ca.

While TELUS and Shaw are the most well-known internet service providers (ISPs) in Canada, there are many additional alternatives you may want to consider. We have done the research for you, and you can download a full list of internet service providers to expand your options. 

Check out our ISP link HERE for more information

Spring is a time of renewal, and nothing embodies this spirit quite like the burst of colour and fragrance that comes with spring flowers. As the weather warms up, gardens and parks are transformed with vibrant blooms that are sure to lift your spirits.

Here are some of the top flowers to know about this year.

African Violet: A low-maintenance plant that is often gifted for Mother’s Day Coneflowers: A colourful, easy-to-care for plant that brings vibrant single and double blossoms.
Pot Marigold: A cheerful flower that you will most likely recognize, but it’s popular for a good reason. 
Hibiscus: A beautiful tropical plant with trumpet-shaped flowers that is much easier to grow than most other warm weather variations.
Peonies: A favourite for many because of the big, fluffy flowers that will brighten any garden.
Daylilies: An easy-to-grow flower that will return year after year with minimal effort on your part.

Learn the facts and information of each flower HERE

Douglasdale is a quiet residential neighbourhood in the southeast of Calgary, bordered by 114 Avenue S to the north, 130 Avenue S to the south, Deerfoot Trail to the east and the Bow River to the west. 

With a couple of schools and its proximity to parks, Douglasdale is a great fit for many families.